Rainforests

Tefe, a town afloat in the Brazilian Amazon

TEFÉ (BRAZIL) (AFP) -<p>To get around town, the 60,000 people of Tefe -- in the heart of Brazil's Amazon -- hop into boats. Even the outside world is only reachable by water or air.<p>Situated around 500 kilometers (310 miles) west of the jungle city of Manaus, capital of Amazonas state, Tefe is the last …

Amazon Rainforest

These retreats will help you quit smoking in paradise

Quitting smoking is incredibly difficult, so you may need some help beyond the usual pills, patches, gums, and lozenges if you’re looking to get rid …

Costa Rica

Small and beautiful

Suriname is the smallest country in South America but home to diverse cultures.<p>It falls in the northeastern Atlantic Coast and is bordered by French …

Sea Level

The art of living and thriving in the Amazon river basin

1 / 4<p>A boy enjoys the river in the Brazilian village of Sao Raimundo do Jaraua -- learning to swim in the Amazon river basin also means learning to …

Fish

Peruvian University Students Win World Architecture Festival's Inaugural 'Water Research Prize'

World Architecture Festival has announced the winner of its inaugural Water Research Prize. First place was awarded to a team of students from …

Architecture

Amazon River pirating water from neighboring Rio Orinoco

The Amazon River is slowly stealing a 40,000-square-kilometer (25,000-square-mile) drainage basin from the upper Orinoco River, according to new …

Geophysics

Brazil: murder of indigenous leader highlights threat to way of life

Indigenous people in the Brazilian Amazon are mourning the murder of a community leader who campaigned to protect the forest from logging amid escalating violence in the region.<p>Jorginho Guajajara, a cacique,or leader, of the Guajajara people, was found dead near a river in the city of Arame, …

Environment

Plastic-free paradise for Halong Bay

By <b>Travel Wire Asia</b> | 16 August, 2018 |<p><b>COMPANIES and brands worldwide have pledged to minimize the use of plastics, especially single-use plastics, to</b> …

Pollution

Drones fly to rescue of Amazon wildlife

MAMIRAUÁ RESERVE (BRAZIL) (AFP) -<p>A hoarse sound abruptly wakes visitors staying at a floating house that serves as a base for environmentalists on the Jaraua river in the Amazon rainforest.<p>During flood season, the Mamiraua Sustainable Development Reserve -- located 500 kilometers (310 miles) from …

Dolphins

Best Road Trips Around the World • The Blonde Abroad

Hitting the open road and feeling the wind in one’s hair easily goes down as one of the most liberating things to enjoy — especially when traveling …

South Africa

Indigenous Environmental Defender killed as logging mafia targets tribe

August 15, 2018<p>The Guardians of the Amazon recently destroyed a logging truck they discovered in their territory.<p>© Guardians of the Amazon<p><b>Warning</b>: …

Amazon Rainforest

Photographing Olympic National Park

As you leave the bustle of the city heading west across the Puget Sound waterway winding your way along Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula, you …

National Parks

Inside an ancient house turned family home with a bountiful organic kitchen garden

There are few country seats where it is possible to pop to the shops for milk – on foot – and be back before the tea goes cold. But Deans Court’s position in the centre of Wimborne, tucked away behind the high street, is just one of its many charms.<p>This elegant historic house and semi-wild ancient …

Property (UK)

Belo Monte: there is nothing green or sustainable about these mega-dams

There are few dams in the world that capture the imagination as much as Belo Monte, built on the “Big Bend” of the Xingu river in the Brazilian …

Hydroelectric Power

Oil companies make few bids in U.S. offshore lease auction

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil companies bid on less than 1 percent of the parcels offered in a sweeping U.S. auction of Gulf of Mexico exploration leases on Wednesday, showing tepid interest in the region for the second time this year.<p>A logo of Exxon Mobil is displayed on a monitor above the floor of …

Oil

Fake legal logging in the Brazilian Amazon

• R. A. Houghton,<br>• B. Byers,<br>• A. A. Nassikas<p>, A role for tropical forests in stabilizing atmospheric CO2.Nat. Clim. Chang. 5, 1022–1023 (2015).<p>S. L. …

Amazon Rainforest

Pushing Your Boundaries with Cruise Shore Excursions

I’ve tried many new and adventurous things during cruise vacations to exotic and unfamiliar lands.<p>What is it about these destinations far from home …

Logging permit fraud threatens timber species in Brazilian Amazon

Timber harvested illegally under fraudulent permits is undercutting conservation efforts in the Brazilian Amazon, new research by an international …

Conservation

Tax havens harm not just the exchequer, but also the environment

Illegal fishing, destructive land use among consequences, says study

Tax Havens

Lost City Shifters: Rebellion

Read an Excerpt<p>A mild fear of heights and the nagging certainty that he was making the biggest mistake of his life had Cole's stomach tied in knots. …

Barnes & Noble

Tax Havens Are a Threat to Oceans and Rainforests

Tax havens have provided more than two-thirds of the foreign capital known to be linked to Amazon deforestation and pirate fishing, a new study …

Tax Havens

Adventures in Backpacking Box Set: Down and Out in Kathmandu, Holiday Gone Wrong, Notes of a Naive Traveler

Costa Rica

Bird DNA helps explain Amazonian rivers' role in evolution

When the young naturalist Alfred R. Wallace left England to explore the New World in 1848, one of his key observations in the Amazon region was that …

Liberal View

Wednesday’s best TV: 9-1-1; Recipes That Made Me

9-1-1<p><b>9pm, Sky Witness</b><br>Ryan Murphy’s latest hit drama is an adrenalised tribute to the dedication and ingenuity of LA first-responders, spearheaded by Connie Britton’s cool-headed dispatcher, Angela Bassett’s steely beat cop and Peter Krause’s stickler fire captain. The action ricochets between …

Atlético Madrid

An Amazing View From Maui To The Big Island of Hawaii

After a couple of nights in Maui, we decided to hop over to the Big Island of Hawai’i (which is confusingly also called the island of Hawai’i …

Big Island (Hawaii)

Scientists find dangerous tropical ticks in Germany

Scientists have discovered the presence of several giant, tropical ticks with striped legs in Germany. They can carry some nasty diseases and …

Insects

The 15 Most Ridiculously-Romantic Honeymoon Destinations in the World

Hooray! You’re married. Now comes the trip where you celebrate your pact to experience the world together. (That was in your vows, right?) But where …

Beaches

Ruralists in Brazilian congress put nation’s protected areas at risk

An ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) stalking its prey. Passage of Bill PL 3,751 / 2015 would greatly endanger Brazil’s extraordinary biodiversity. Image …

Amazon Rainforest

Stinky the corpse flower at Denver Botanic Gardens might be set to bloom again

(Photo: Denver Botanic Gardens)<p>DENVER — A corpse flower at the Denver Botanic Gardens might be ready to bloom for the second time in three years.<p>The …

Forests

Brazil's Farmers Dump Sugar for Soy as Trade War Boosts Chinese Demand

Last year, Brazilian farmer Gustavo Lopes sized up his sugar cane plantation against his soybean fields.<p>He looked at global trends, including rising …

Amazon Rainforest